THE Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government continues to battle it out with Syabas and the federal government for control over water resources. What are the key questions that need to be asked about the water issue in Selangor? Refsa maps it out for us.
RECENTLY, I had the pleasure of participating in several workshops involving people with disabilities organised by Beautiful Gate Foundation. The speakers took the trouble to paint a world of constant struggle with many things that able-bodied persons take for granted, be it from traversing steps to visiting a public restroom. The challenges aren’t limited to […]
IN the midst of the 2009 Perak constitutional coup, embattled Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin won many Malaysians over with his moral courage, steadfastness and calm. He became the face of Malaysians who opposed an absolute monarchy.
“The Government will provide an allocation of RM50 million for conservation works of heritage sites in Malacca and Penang, to support activities undertaken by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and [the] private sector.” Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during his 2009 budget speech in Parliament. The former prime minister, who was also finance minister, referred to Malacca and […]
Corrected on 30 June 2009 at 7.50pm SHAH ALAM, 23 June 2009: The non-Muslim family members of Mohan Singh a/l Janot Singh cannot be a party to the dispute over his body as the core issue of his religious status at the time of death can only be determined by the Syariah Court, the High […]
Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, during his speech (pic courtesy of Parti Sosialis Malaysia) THE Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) organised a fundraising dinner at the Petaling Jaya Civic Centre on 9 May 2009 which was attended by some 600 members, friends and supporters. I was invited to give a short speech, and this is what I […]
THE Bar Council is heartened by the Selangor government’s decision to withdraw its appeal to the Federal Court with respect to the Sagong Tasi case, which involves the 1995 acquisition of 38.477 acres of customary land in Bukit Tampoi, Dengkil that belongs to the Temuan tribe. Sagong Tasi of the Temuan (Pic courtesy of Suaram); […]
SHAH ALAM, 8 April 2009: Selangor today asked the Federal Government to consider setting up a special fund for by-elections as practiced in many developed countries. Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said this would ensure transparency and accountability in the spending without risking the efficiency of the electoral process in Malaysia. Speaking […]
Muhyiddin Yassin, the new Umno deputy president (pic courtesy of theSun) KUALA LUMPUR, 26 March 2009: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the new Umno deputy president, and by convention, is set to be Malaysia’s next deputy prime minister. His win over Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, 63, appears to hint at Umno’s desire for change […]
SHAH ALAM, 23 Feb 2009: The Selangor government has reiterated its RM5.9 billion offer to take over the operations and maintenance of the four water concessionaires in the state. “Although we are willing to be part of the federal government’s move to negotiate directly with the water concessionaires to acquire the assets, the decision on […]